In 2009, the term crowdsourcing became ubiquitous and Twitter empowered anyone with a cell phone to report on his surroundings. We've picked a handful of stories from this year that mark triumphs in citizen journalism. We want your help to fill out this list. Simply click the participate button below to suggest an important example of citizen journalism that we've missed.
There are countless examples of impressive citizen journalism and breakthroughs in crowdsourcing from 2009. We chose just a few so that you can fill in the rest. Simply click the participate button to include your own example of citizen journalism that made waves this year.
The Best Citizen Journalism of 2009
Describe an example of citizen journalism that broke an important story in 2009. Whether it was someone who captured a shooting on his cameraphone or a crowdsourced reporting project that uncovered important news. Take a screen capture or a photo that defines the story and upload it with a title of the event.
The Hudson Landing
The first image of Captain Chesley Sullenberger's dramatic landing on the Hudson river on Jan. 15 came not from the New York Times or the AP, but from the Twitter account of a man who just happened to be there. Janis Krums tweeted a picture he took on his cell phone as he ferried over to help the stranded passengers. A half hour later, Krums was interviewed by MSNBC. He sold his iconic shot to the AP and it was soon shopped to publications across the country.